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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241950937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241950937
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.8 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautifully written, sparkling, witty and knowing, an absolute delight to read (India Knight)

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Between 1921-2, Agnes Jekyll (1860-1937) , sister-in-law of Gertrude Jekyll, wrote a series of essays for the Times newspaper with titles such as 'Tray Food' and 'Sunday Supper'. Kitchen Essays is a volume of these first cookery columns ever to be published in the Times. A celebrated hostess, Lady Jekyll's first dinner party included Robert Browning, John Ruskin and Edward Burne-Jones. Full of insight, wit and comfort, Kitchen Essays champions the idea that cooking should always fit the occasion and temperament.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Aug 2012
Format: Paperback
Agnes Jekyll was the sister-in-law of the better known Gertrude Jekyll the garden designer. She is a stylish writer though her recipes are a little elaborate for twenty first century cooks. I found the book an interesting read as it provides an insight into a more leisured and elegant age when people held supper parties after the play or went on motor excursions with well thought out picnic baskets. A curiosity rather than a cookery book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Henry Turner on 5 May 2011
Format: Paperback
If you don't already know Agnes Jekyll's (sister-in-law of artist-gardener Gertrude) writing about food, this is a charming, albeit slightly etiolated introduction. Jekyll was a great writer. Few will be tempted to try her early 1920s recipes, but she writes with the wit and observation of her times like a culinary Coward or Wodehouse. This book is extracted from Kitchen Essays - produced in a beautiful, 5 star edition by Persephone - which, for just a few £s more, is a far more satisfying introduction to Jekyll's work - Kitchen Essays (Persephone Classics)
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By Rough Diamond TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Jan 2014
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Agnes Jekyll was the aristocrat's aristocrat, and her legendary dinner parties had guest lists the rest of us can only dream of - her debut as a hostess saw her entertaining John Ruskin and Robert Browning, for example.

This slim and delightful volume is a small selection of the cookery columns she wrote for The Times newspaper in the early 1920s, at which time she was already in her early 60s. As such, it's a tremendous slice of life from a vanished world, giving an eyewitness insight into the dining habits of the 'Downton Set' at a time of rapid social change (with flappers and jazz just starting to ruffle the aspidistras). Here you will find everything you need to know if you wish to host the immense breakfasts expected by a country shooting party, or a hearty picnic for a pair of intrepid motorists, and the many cakes, biscuits and savouries required for a proper High Tea - served with the hands of the clock closer to six than five, of course.

Lady Jekyll writes a light touch and an erudite, gently ascerbic wit. I find it hard to read her without imagining Maggie Smith's voice in my head!

One word of warning - this is a very slight book of only 104 pages, which makes it quite expensive at over £6. It is however beautifully printed, with a marvellous embossed cover, and it would make the perfect gift for any Downton-loving foodie.
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